Fresh News for Tuesday

 Fresh butter and sugar corn, Kyle's Farm Stand, Seabrook, New Hampshire

Fresh butter and sugar corn, Kyle's Farm Stand, Seabrook, New Hampshire

News about food, from very local and hands-on to national and policy-focused:

A Seedleaf volunteer in Lexington, Kentucky, explains why she works in the London Ferrell Community Garden: Why I Volunteered for Work in the Community Garden, by Karen D., in seedleaf.org

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Seedleaf excels with volunteers. For those who love cooking, especially cooking with others, Seedleaf invites participation at its regular Soup's On cooking events. Freshly gleaned local foods turn into soups that feed the hungry—and the cooks. The next event is Thursday, August 4, at 6 PM. Details here.

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Jackson County, Kentucky, draws national attention for efforts to connect kids and real food (hat tip LAA): Farm to school programs teach Kentucky kids how to eat healthier, from USA Today.

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Jeremy Ashby, chef at Azur in Lexington, attracts attention in Louisville's newspaper as he heads off to compete in New Orleans this weekend as Kentucky's representative in the Great American Seafood Cook-offChefs put Kentucky 'seafood' on map at New Orleans cook-off, from the Courier Journal.

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Kentucky gets a mention in an interesting article suggesting that local produce in college dining halls can help recruit desirable students: Local produce boosts college, institutional foodservice programs, from thepacker.com

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Lots of people who read about (and even some who try) environmentally sound farming learn about the charismatic Joel Salatin, the self-described "Christian-libertarian-environmentalist-lunatic farmer" who demonstrates sustainable, profitable, pasture-based farm practices. Few of us have visited his Polyface Farm, though. Andrea Gabor of theatlantic.com takes us there on a field day that Salatin hosts every three years: Inside Polyface Farm, Mecca of Sustainable Agriculture.

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Mark Bittman of the New York Times advocates for taxing food that harms us and subsidizing foods that heal. The provocative premise sounds more realistic than it might have, had not states sued tobacco companies successfully. 

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Tomatoes are superb right now, so you may want to join a new trend of putting them in pastry: Easy as tomato pie, from hamptonroads.com.

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